This is a good book. I have read or listened to better written suspense or mystery novels, but I still found this one enjoyable. It is predictable and somewhat staged. The author suspends reality from time to time to move the plot along. She also added a few pages just to increase the volume of pages. It still has an interesting concept.
The lead female character is a little too brooding for my taste. I am not interested in her or her family.
The narrator did a decent job but she should not try to do male voices. Her attempts at trying for a deeper male voice just made all the mail characters sound like they had a head cold. It was more funny than distracting.
Overall, I did enjoy the book. I may even listen to it again.
I was starting to think she had lost her touch but this lets me kno Eve is back!
This is not a story and does not focus on Brother Lawerence's life. It gives numerous excellent examples on how to conscientiously include God in every aspect of your life no matter what you are doing. If that is your goal then this is a book I would recommend.
At times it is rather dry but what would you expect from notes and letters from a 16th(?) century lay brother living at a monastery? However, it is only about an hour long.
There are other readers of this title and I listened to all the available excerpts and found this read to be the best of the group. He sounds more conversational and has a pleasant voice. He speaks clearly without sounding institutional.
If you like the older style classical mystery stories, you will like this book.
Despite the name of the author, this is not a Sherlock Holmes type of book. Some of the stories are rather slow and seem to plod. It is definitely for a winter’s night and wonderful to get you into a sleepy mood. I would not recommend it if you are bogged down in traffic or any time you need to be awake and alert.
I found the stories predictable.
You must also like a “stodgy” British accent.
This is a most enjoyable book, one of the best I have heard. There are many different voices ranging from the accents of southern, both those born free and the enslaved. There is also the ride range of voices found among the northerners. The reader does an excellent job.
The character development is wonderful and even though you know how the American Civil War ends, The March keeps you interested in its characters. You want to know what happens to Pearl, the newly freed young slave girl, Miss Emily, the judge’s daughter who looses everything when Sherman comes to town, particular soldiers, troop followers and a host of others affected by General Sherman’s march. You spend some time with Sherman and his officers, and the privates on foot. You meet an army surgeon born in Germany and a British reporter.
You encounter the brutality of war and still find some humor. The unexpected happens.
It is a good solid listen and one I look forward to hearing again.
If you are not familiar with this show, listen to it on NPR before you purchase thins subscription. It is an old-time style of humor that will not appeal to everyone. I enjoy the entire show and wished Audible would offer it.
This book is gory and definitely not for the squeamish! Some parts were very hard for me to get through. It got four stars because it is not your usual run of the mill story.
The main character is very human and may be too dark and broody for some people. I found him acceptable when I consider his past and his current situation. He has his faults and he comes with a load of baggage.
Others have commented on the English accent and terms. If you are not a reader or listener of English works, you will find yourself put off by the unfamiliar terms. Some of them are unnecessary. As an example, the author refers to a dog as an Alsatian. That breed is a German shepherd dog in the rest of the world. I think the term went out of vogue even in England some years after WWII. You also have to deal with the dustbin, the WPC, Punters, and others. I think most are resolved by the context. The ones that aren?t do not distract from the story. I would have enjoyed the book more if it used American English. You can also get tired of the endless need to make a cup of tea before doing anything.
The book itself is well written, but I found it to be more of a police procedural and character study than a true mystery. Toward the end, it gets very predictable.
I enjoyed the main character enough to get the other book offered by Audible. It also has the same narrator.
There was nothing exceptionally special about this book. While I cannot use words like great and dynamic for this book, I feel I got fair value for my money. It was nicely written and nicely read.
It was easy to narrow down the list of suspects but I was not sure of the culprit until I was told. It kept me guessing. That is what a mystery is supposed to do.
I found myself wandering more about the killer in the agents past than the one in his present.
I can agree with another reviewer that the reader sometimes sounded like Hal from 2001, but I do not hold that against the book. Listening to the reader read lists of numbers could get boring. Thankfully, it did not go on long enough to become seriously annoying.
Overall, it was a pleasant listen.
The premise of an earthling born on Mars, raised by Martians and then returned to earth is wonderful. You get some idea of what that unused part of the human brain might be able to do with a little training.
Do not expect ray guns or your usual Space Western. This is, in my opinion, a very dogmatic novel. The views expressed can spur you to think about many aspects of politics, religion, culture and the like in different ways if you lean to being introspective. That is the books greatest strength or weakness.
The story is good and very interesting, when you get to it. If you don?t want a history lesson or Clancy?s political observations and viewpoints, fast-forward a few hours.
I would also not recommend making this the first Clancy book for anyone. While it has its thrilling moments, it is not a ?Thriller.? It is more operational than a thriller. I found it quite interesting to see just how such things are done, at least it the realm of fiction.
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